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WB School Scam: CBI takes two former arrested SSC top officials for court production


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which on Wednesday arrested

two former West Bengal School Service Commission’s top officials Shanti Prasad Sinha and

Ashok Saha in alleged irregular appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff in the government

aided schools across Bengal would produce the duo before a competent court on Thursday,

official sources said.

” (The) CBI arrested then advisor ( also then convenor of the five-member committee Shanti Prasad Sinha and then secretary, both of West Bengal School Service Commission in an ongoing investigation of a case, the CBI said in a statement.

” They have been arrested in relation to alleged irregularities in the appointments of Group C staff in various schools across the state of West Bengal,” the CBI said specifically in the statement.

The duo, who had been in the CBI custody overnight at its Nizam Palace office in the city, was taken

this morning for a medical check-up before being produced to a competent court, sources said.

The arrest was made after about 7 seven hours of questioning of them at the CBI office on Wednesday evening.

This was the first arrest made by the CBI in connection with the SSC scam, which shook the bedrock of the education system across Bengal.

Earlier, former education minister Partha Chattterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee have been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate following the recovery of over Rs 50 crore cash and gold and ornaments from Mukherjee’s flats in south Kolkata and the northern part of the city last month. Both Chatterjee and Mukherjee have been in jail custody.

The CBI registered a case on May 20, 2022, on the order Calcutta High court dated 18.05.2022

against the five accused and unknown others.

It was alleged that the accused extended the undue advantage in the matter of giving appointments to the undeserving and unlisted candidates to

the posts of Group-C staff in various schools across the state.

It was also alleged that the accused collected the vacancies of Group-C in an unauthorised manner after expiry of panel on 18.05.2019 in violation of provisions of School Service Commission Rules, 2009 and then issued recommendations of unsuccessful candidates to those vacancies by issuing fictitious memos of the Regional Commissions and using scanned signatures of the Chairpersons of such Regional Commissions in absence of their knowledge.

It was also alleged that based on these recommendations, appointment letters were issued bypassing the normal chain of hierarchy and without sending those recommendation letters to the Appointment Section of Board of Secondary Education, West Bengal & without notifying the names of the candidates on the website of Central Commission for verification of testimonials, and for collection of appointment letters on the notified date.

Thus, the deserving genuine candidates were debarred from getting the said regular salaried jobs even after the expiry of panel.

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